Rachel A. MacGillivray


  • Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (ongoing); University of NB.          2013-Current
  • Diploma of Advanced Visual Arts; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.            2011
  • Diploma of Fine Craft, Textiles; New Brunswick College of Craft & Design.            2010
  • Bachelor of Design, Specialization in Fashion Design; Ryerson University.                             2006
Workshops / Conferences Attended
  • Monotype Printmaking; Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Center, St Andrews, NB 2017
  • Keep Wearing; Contemporary Textiles Studio Co-op; Toronto, ON 2017
  • Working with Latex; Fredericton, NB 2017
  • Fibre Arts NFLD Conference; Gros Morne, NFLD. 2015
  • Maritime Machine Knitter’s Seminar; Fredericton, NB. 2014
  • Sow to Sew Sustainability Summit & Invitational Retreat; Halifax, Lunenburg, NS.             2013
  • Robyn Spady 4-Harness Weaving; Fredericton, NB. 2012
  • Fundamentals of Machine Knitting; Fredericton, NB. 2012
  • Rug Hooking; NBCCD; Fredericton, NB. 2009
  • Maritime Spinner’s Retreat; PEI, NS, & NB. 2009-2018


22 different courses at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design                              2012-Current

Textiles, Fashion, and Design Studios


  • Textiles Studio: Twisted Fibres – Intro to Spinning; Whole Cloth Experience: Machine Knitting; Machine Knit: Stitch & Design; Machine Knit: Stitch & Structure; Designing for Knit Collections; Designing for Print & Knit; Evolution of Textiles; Whole Cloth Experience: Screen Printing; Whole Cloth Experience: Sewing; Pattern Drafting and Sewing for Textile Design; Developing the Hand
  • Fashion Studio: Sewing and Finishing Techniques; Sewing & Finishing Techniques II; Fundamentals of Fashion Design; Apparel for Fashion Design; Pattern Drafting II; 21st Century Fashion Influences; Preparing for Production
  • Design Studio: Communications; 3-D Design; Media Fashion; Media Textiles

Over 50 workshops across Maritimes                                                                                2012-Current


  • “Intuitive Quilting” Edventures, Fredericton, NB; “How to Buy a Raw Fleece” Maritime Spinning Retreat, Miramichi, NB; “Spinning from Raw Wool” Tatafest, Tatamagouche, NS; “How to Spin” NBCCD LEAP, Fredericton, NB; “Pattern Drafting” Edventures, Fredericton, NB; “Sewing for Others (Quilting for shelters)” Fredericton, NB; “Serger Basics” Edventures, Fredericton, NB; “One Stitch at a Time” University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB; “Felt It” UNB Arts Center, Fredericton, NB; “Machine Knitting Introduction” NBCCD, Fredericton, NB; “Knopping Techniques” Maritime Spinner’s Retreat, Mill River, PEI; “Spinning Art Yarns” Edventures, Fredericton, NB.

Work Experience

  • Instructor; NBCCD (Textiles, Fashion, & Design Studios); Fredericton, NB.        2012-Current
  • Textiles Consultant; Fredericton, NB.          2013-Current
  • Private Sewing Instructor; Fredericton, NB.        2012-Current
  • Workshop Instructor;          2012-Current
  • Design Works Summer Camp Instructor; UNB Art Centre; Fredericton, NB. 2010-2015
  • Studio Technician; NBCCD (Textiles, Fashion Studios); Fredericton, NB 2009-2011
  • Custom Clothier & Studio Assistant; The Decorator’s Mill; Fredericton, NB.                         2009
  • Fashion Designer; Jaytex Group; Toronto, ON.              2006-2008
  • Assistant Technologist; Ryerson University Fashion Studio; Toronto, ON. 2004-2005


  • MacBeath Hall Exhibition; Kings Landing; Prince William, NB. 2018
  • The Human Condition; George Fry Gallery; Fredericton, NB. 2017
  • Pride of Place; Saint John Art Centre; Saint John, NB. 2017
  • Autumnal Splendor; Fibre Arts Network; Fredericton Public Library; Fredericton, NB 2016
  • Pride of Place; George Fry Gallery; Fredericton, NB. 2016
  • Contemporary Traditions; The Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery; Florenceville, NB.   2015
  • Currents Under Currents; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; Fredericton, NB.   2014
  • Continuum; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; Fredericton, NB.               2013
  • Thread that Binds; Fredericton Fibre Arts Network, UNB Memorial Hall; Fredericton, NB. 2013
  • Otherworldly; Government House Gallery; Fredericton, NB. 2012
  • By Land, By Sea, By Air; Transport Canada Conference; Fredericton, NB. 2012
  • New Brunswickers in Wartime; National War Museum; Ottawa, ON. 2012
  • Feel It; New Brunswick College of Craft & Design; Fredericton, NB.                         2011
  • Alberta Printmakers Postcard Exhibit; Calgary, AB. 2011
  • Art From Memory; Okanagan Heritage Museum; Kelowna, BC. 2011
  • Art From Memory; 44 Wide Gallery; Toronto, ON. 2010
  • NB Foundation for the Arts Awards Exhibit; Owens Art Gallery; Sackville, NB. 2010
  • NBCCD Award Winning Students’ Show; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; 2010    Fredericton, NB.
  • Myth, Magic, and the Human Form; NB Crafts Council Gallery, Fredricton, NB.             2010
  • NBCCD Graduate Show; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; UNB 2010
Memorial Hall; Fredericton, NB.
  • A La Mode; New Brunswick Crafts Council; Fredericton, NB.                                                 2010
  • Fibre Art Naturally; Fibre Arts Network, UNB Memorial Hall; Fredericton, NB. 2010
  • Shades of Snow; New Brunswick Crafts Council; Fredericton, NB.             2009
  • ConTEXTile; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; Fredericton, NB.            2009
  • Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week; fashion collection; Toronto, ON. 2008
  • Mass Exodus; Ryerson University graduate fashion show; Toronto, ON.                        2006

Achievements and Awards

  • Contributing Author; PLY Magazine, Kansas City, USA. 2017
  • ArtsNB Creation Grant; Fredericton, NB. 2017
  • Featured in Article for machine knit instruction; Machine Knitting Monthly magazine, 2017
  • Guest Blogger & Newsletter Contributor; PLY Magazine, Kansas City, USA. 2016
  • Art From Memory Challenge National Winner; Historica-Dominion Institute & 2010
Canadian Heritage Branch; Toronto, ON.
  • National Parliamentary Congratulations;(for Art From Memory win) Fredericton, NB. 2010
  • NBFoundation for the Arts Nel Oudemans Scholarship; Fredericton, NB. 2010
  • Fredericton Fiber Arts Guild Award; (technically challenging work) Fredericton, NB. 2010
  • ArtsNB Tuition Scholarship; Fredericton, NB. 2010
  • NBCC Foundation Communtiy Scholarship; Fredericton, NB.            2009
  • Fredericton Fibre Arts Network Award; (innovative work) Fredericton, NB. 2009
  • Jaytex Fashion Sponsorship; Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week; Toronto, ON. 2008
  • Highest mark of graduate class thesis collections, evaluated by panel of industry                2006
specialists; Ryerson University – Fashion Design.
  • International Young Designers Competition; Canadian National Finalist; Paris, France.       2004
  • Bata Shoe Museum design contest; Honourable Mention (Edgiest Design); Toronto, ON. 2003

Artist Residencies

  • Barracks Artist-in-Residence; Fredericton, NB. 2011
  • Hoyt Place; Prince William, NB. 2018
  • Art Ayatana; Ottawa, ON. 2019 (Upcoming)

Community Membership

  • Surface Design Association; Las Vegas, NM. 2018
  • Artslink NB; Saint John, NB.                                                                      2017-Current
  • Craft Nova Scotia; Halifax, NS.          2017-Current
  • Craft Council of British Columbia; Vancouver, BC.          2017-Current
  • Weekly Textiles Salon; Fredericton, NB.                                                                     2016-Current
  • Fibre Arts Network; Fredericton, NB.          2009-Current